Thoughts On MJ At 50 Interview

So I caught the first of 3 big interviews the NBA came up with in time for the All Star break, particularly the one with Ahmad Rashad and MJ. The other two were Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley and finally Bill Simmons and Bill Russell.

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Sadly the goddam thing was destroyed by too many commercials, a situation that thoroughly confuses me considering this is supposed to be cable tv. As a result I would occasionally get distracted because I would do other things in between like cook lunch or god forbid, work.

I did get some bits in though so it’s best to write about them before I forget.

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Incredibly Belated PBA Rookie Biometrics Observations

This is an astoundingly belated post but am writing here anyway the Biometrics results of the recent PBA rookie draftees. Which is another way of saying I found the Excel file they sent me when I was cleaning up old files on my PC and thought three things: 1. ‘why the hell didn’t I post that?‘ 2.’this would do good SEO’ and 3.’why is there no date of birth?

Anyway here it is.

Name Hght. Weight (kg.) Wing Span Sit Ups Push Ups Pull Ups 50m Sprint Vert Leap 1st Vert Leap 2nd
Calvin ABUEVA 6′-1 1/2 84 78″ 75 13 1 6.27 10′-9″ 10′-9″
Mark Anthony ACOSTA 6′-3″ 87 77″ 68 44 5 6.56 10′-8″ 10′-8″
Marvin A, AGACER 5-11 3/4 80 71.5″ 69 80 12 5.97 10′-5″
Lester ALVAREZ 5′-8″ 70 72″ 64 46 7 6.27 9′-11″ 9′-11″
Simon ATKINS 5-10 1/8 80 69″ 76 74 7 5.99 9′-11″ 10′-0″
Raymond AUSTRIA 6-0 1/2 95 76″ 69 54 6 6.11 10′-5″ 10′-7″
Ephraim BALAGTAS 5-11 3/8 79 75″ 100 62 20 6.27 10′-9″ 10′-9″
Fhadzmir BANDAYING 5′-10″ 80 75″ 51 26 4 6.65 9′-9″ 10′-1″
Jaypee BELENCION 6-0 1/2 80 77.5″ 81 73 6 6.24 10′-4″ 10′-4″
Ryan BOADO 5-9 5/8 82 73″ 175 71 18 6.17 10′-3″ 10′-4″
Virgil BUENSUCESO 5-7 7/8 75 70″ 50 50 14 6.11 10′-1″ 10′-2″
Jesse BUSTOS 6-1 1/4 91 78″ 95 54 7 6.31 10′-8″ 10′-11″
Jerick CANADA 5-7 1/8 71 69.5″ 120 50 10 5.99 10′-0″ 10′-2″
Andrian CELADA 6-2 1/8 70 78″ 63 40 7 6.23 10′-11″ 11′-2″
Gian CHIU 6-8 1/8 110 80.5″ 125 50 2 7.12 10′-10″ 10′-10″
Woody CO 6-1 1/4 93 75″ 65 40 5 6.48 10′-2″ 10′-5″
Jan Julius COLINA 6-2 1/4 90 79″ 105 68 9 6.48 10′-7″ 10′-9″
Erwin CORNEJO 6-0 3/4 83 75.5″ 70 60 10 6.04 10′-5″ 10′-7″
Karl Matthew DEHESA 6-1 1/4 84 77″ 145 98 15 6.41 10′-6″ 10′-7″
Roland DEL RIO 5-11 1/4 85 73.5″ 60 38 1 6.53 10′-0″ 10′-0″
Jason DEUTCHMAN 6-5 3/8 96 79 1/2 101 60 12 6.34 10′-10″ 11′-1″
June DIZON 6-2 3/8 103 77″ 123 50 7 6.27 10′-9″ 10′-10″
Christopher ELLIS 6-4 1/16 84 79.5″ 163 70 10 5.86 11′-3″ 11′-4″
Edwin Jason ESCUETA 6-3 3/4 111 79″ 90 22 6.83 10′-5″ 10′-7″
June Mar FAJARDO 6′-10″ 122 85″ 53 22 6 7.16 11′-0″ 11′-0″
Paul GONZALGO 5-10 3/8 94 73.5″ 50 55 5 6.54 10′-1″ 10′-3″
Joseph HERMOSISIMA 5-9 15/16 82 68″ 109 60 1 6.41 9′-10″ 10′-0″
Clifford HODGE 6-3 5/8 84 82″ 62 50 7 5.87 11′-1″ 11′-4″
Mark JEFFRIES 6-3 1/8 83 78″ 70 60 12 6.11 11′-2″ 11′-3″
Charles Keith JENSEN 6-4 1/8 95 79″ 300 90 10 6.38 11′-0″ 11′-4″
Rexander LEYNES 5-8 5/8 69 72″ 140 70 9 6.23 10′-3″ 10′-3″
Janus LOZADA 6′-2″ 70 74″ 96 54 13 6.51 10′-7″ 10′-9″
Ramon MABAYO 6-1 1/4 82 75″ 350 52 13 6.54 10′-5″ 10′-8″
Alex Christopher MALLARI 6-2 7/8 80 77″ 95 68 10 6.1 10′-8″ 10′-10″
Alfred Jordan MANDANI 5′-11″ 84 74″ 80 94 18 6.1 10′-5″ 10′-8″
Allan MANGAHAS 5′-11″ 69 71.5″ 50 40 5 5.97 10′-3″ 10′-6″
Vic MANUEL 6-2 7/8 91 80″ 70 2 6.1 10′-11″ 11′-0″
David MARCELO 6-3 5/8 101 80.5″ 50 30 6 6.41 10′-10″ 11′-0″
Louie MEDALLA 5-9 1/8 72 71.5″ 70 40 4 6.67 9′-10″ 10′-1″
Emmanuel MONFORT 5-6 1/16 60 66″ 50 100 12 6.16 9′-9″ 9′-11″
Kelly Berry NABONG 6-5 5/8 103 80″ 55 50 4 6.55 10′-10″ 10′-11″
Jewel PALOMIQUE 5-10 1/16 82 71.5″ 60 46 7 6.25 9′-11″ 10′-2″
Ronald PASCUAL 6-2 1/8 89 76″ 52 3 6.43 10′-9″ 10′-10″
Christopher PESTANO 6-3 1/4 118 77″ 120 36 4 7.15 10′-11″ 10′-2″
Jewel PONFERADA 6-4 1/4 96 80″ 61 60 5 6.15 10′-10″ 11′-1″
Danilo PRIBHDAS 6-0 3/4 81 74.5″ 70 54 5 6.48 10′-5″ 10′-8″
John Aldrech RAMOS 6-4 15/16 90 78″ 40 32 3 6.83 10′-8″ 10′-9″
Raphael Carlo REYES 5′-9″ 75 71.5″ 54 70 5 5.93 10′-3″ 10′-7″
Jerome RUBI 6-0 1/2 81 74.5″ 159 60 6 6.46 9′-11″ 10′-5″
Mark SARANGAY 6-3 7/8 100 77″ 45 6.59 10′-6″ 10′-5″
Virgilio SERIOS 6-1 1/4 92 76″ 92 70 11 6.42 10′-8″ 10′-10″
Stephen SIRUMA 6′-1″ 79 76.5″ 100 40 4 6.03 10′-7″ 10′-6″
Eric SUGUITAN 6-6 7/8 100 82.5″ 70 6.33 10′-10″ 11′-0″
Yousef TAHA 6′-6″ 105 82″ 102 50 5 6.47 11′-1″ 11′-2″
Thomas Elliot TAN 5-10 3/8 80 73″ 80 74 24 6.26 10′-4″ 10′-7″
Chris TIU 5-11 1/4 80 75″ 120 57 15
Robby ZABLAN 5′-6″ 63 67″ 89 72 9 6.16 9′-9″ 10′-0″
Paul Christian ZAMAR 5′-10″ 79 74″ 81 60 6 6.13 10′-2″ 10′-6″

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On Sports Blogging

A few thoughts re Sports Blogging one fine Wednesday morning:

Heart

The key to good writing is that you have to put your whole heart into it. Putting your heart into makes sure what you write is honest – a key requirement to making sure you do not produce bullshit. It makes you express yourself with clarity, conviction and truth. Without any of which you will just be taking up space.

The best times when you write with heart is when what you are writing about evokes emotion. It also happens to be when it is hardest, because you need to suspend your emotions long enough to make sense. That’s not to say that tears have to be streaming down your face as you write every sentence. You can write a very good technical article for example, or a point by point explanation of why you think the Mavericks will win another championship and still be entertaining.

If however you decide to, say, write about why the DLSU basketball program is superior over all other UAAP schools, and you happen to be a dyed in the wool green blooded La Sallian, then you will probably be writing with your heart, because it involves people, places and events that evoke memories and emotion.

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I Watched Meralco vs. Barako Bulls Last Night

Glee was showing a replay so the wife wasn’t competing for the TV, and I’m tired of watching Law & Order SVU (it’s gets to you eventually. So much violence and sick people in the world. I know its fiction but still, you know?), so I decided to concentrate on Meralco vs. Barako Bulls and resist changing the channel every so often. So here’s what I remember thinking:

Ang Galing Na Ni Ababou – Well not last night, but in previous games I caught him breaking out a few awesome moves, moves he never even gave a hint he was capable of back in UST. I’ve no doubt this is due from exposure he got from playing at Gilas. Sure he was sitting at the far end of the bench behind Lassiter and Lutz, but clearly he made the most of his time over there. The fact he warmed the bench per se might be reason for his blossoming, and may have challenged him on a personal basis. Whatever it might’ve been, this is indication he is the type of player that needs motivation to get going.

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Summing up the lockout: Players or Owners?

When I first heard about the lockout, I knew it was likely if not sure that there wasn’t going to be a season this year. The primary reason being that if there was anything I knew about the NBA, it’s that it’s run by egos. Not money, certainly not basketball, absolutely not the fans, but egos. Large, enormous and constantly yearning for attention. Not that other organizations aren’t. In fact, what I realized after reading so many books and studying players and teams for years, is that the NBA is like any other organization in that sense. Behind a polished facade and a professional stance are two constantly at odds parties – players and owners – who for years hurl things at one another when their backs are turned with everything they can pick up off the floor.

The battlecry for each party is very ego – driven, and it is summed up by the question: ‘Who is more important, the owner or the players?‘ Players will clearly say they are, because they’re the faces that the fans recognize. The fans will always side with players too, because fans know players, not owners. Owners of course, will always negate that, simply because they are the owners, whose money and initiative it was that started the team and formed the league in the first place. Clearly they are the ones who make the rules, right?

The item used to determine who wins this battle as it often is, is money. Money is quantifiable and has specific value. The problem with money however, is that while it can make you materially rich, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are respected, and in the NBA, everyone yearns for respect (I told you this is about egos, remember?). So what do people who earn lots of money but still do not feel respected do? They try to get more money. This is why rich people seem to have a bottomless need for more and more. Money, as it often is, is mistaken as the balm that soothes the ache that is caused by not getting respect.

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48 Out Of 85 People Think 'Niloloko Lang Tayo Ng PBA'

Almost forgot to write about this. I ran a poll from Aug. 23 to Oct. 4, 2011, a total of 35 days, asking the ff.:

Results herewith:

  • ‘Oo Kalokohan na yan’ got 56% or 48 votes.
  • ‘Hindi, maayos naman’ got 28% or 24 votes.
  • ‘Hindi ako sigurado’ got 16% or 13 votes.

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This.Is.Exciting

A few years back I was looking for an apartment or some place to rent for a few months until I got married and we’d be able to move in together. Since I’d be living alone I had low standards. As long as it was decent, had internet connection and rent was cheap it was interesting to me. I eventually ended up at Sta. Rosa but at the time I was seriously thinking of Cubao. Yes Cubao. It might not be safe to be outside in the evenings and traffic often kept the place in a perpetual smog, but it was near Araneta, and I thought: wouldn’t it be great to be walking distance to where I could just come over over and watch concerts, and yes, the PBA?

Well believe it or not that dream turns out not too far from coming true. Check this out:

That humongous building is the unfortunately named ‘Arena’, in typical SM fashion, named in as blasé and unoriginal a manner as possible. These are after all the people who can’t be bothered to give their buildings creative names and so resort to calling them Bldg. A, Bldg. B etc.

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